Ace says new ACT party is ‘alternative political home’

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Ace Magashule, sacked secretary-general of the ANC, launched his new political party, the African Congress for Transformation (ACT), on Wednesday.

Magashule said at a media conference in Soweto that South Africans need an “alternative political home”.

The veteran politician says his party is for “all the people of South Africa and will be a ship of freedom for those who feel hopeless and have been politically abused”.

The ANC kicked Magashule out of the party in June.

The once influential leader was earlier found guilty of bringing the ANC into disrepute after he tried, without authorization, to pres. To expel Cyril Ramaphosa from the party. Magashule “expelled” the president from the ANC on 3 May 2021 shortly after he himself was suspended pending the final outcome of the criminal case against him.

Magashule faces several charges of corruption. This case is pending.

At the launch of the party, Magashule said the party would focus on African nationalism and pan-Africanism.

He says his party is for a broad collection of interest groups, including freedom fighters, the unemployed and religious groups.

“We stand for the people and will act on behalf of the people,” he said.

The party will announce its manifesto and leadership in October.

The former head of the Falcons, Lt. Gen. Berning Ntlemeza also came forward on Wednesday and announced that he will join the new political party. Ntlemeza was dismissed from the police in 2017 after a court ruled that his appointment as head of the Falcons was irrational.

Roy Jankielsohn, the DA leader in the Free State, says Magashule and his faction have caused enormous damage to the Free State economy in the role they played in statehood, are part of those who have ruined service delivery in the province and municipalities and 61% of left the people in the Free State in poverty.

“Magashule and his cadres have been involved in many controversial and highly publicized cases such as the controversial Vrede dairy case and the asbestos scandal. His cadres remain in provincial and municipal governments and will continue to sabotage service delivery,” says Jankielsohn.